Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Fig and Olive (West Hollywood, CA)

by @btsunoda
IMG_1527 West Hollywood is one of LA’s hotspots for new cutting edge restaurants. As a result, I’ve been traveling to the area on a more frequent basis. This time it was to experience Fig and Olive on Melrose Place. Fig and Olive’s menu is largely influenced by its founder, Laurent Halasz, who grew up learning Provençal cuisine. They are probably best known for using exceptional olive oils.

Fig and Olive selected 22 of the finest olive oils and use them as a foundation for all of their their dishes. For them, gourmet olive oil is a central ingredient and it displaces their need for butter.

The interior of Fig and Olive is impressive. They have a huge split-level space with double-high ceilings. Instead of showing off their wine collection, they have an impressive wall display of their olive oils. Other dining areas within the restaurant are available such as their semi-private indoor patio with olive trees and rosemary plants.

Complimentary fresh rosemary focaccia bread was served with three distinctly different virgin olive oils: two were from Spain (Manzanillo and Picual); the other was a Fig Koroneiki from Greece. Of the three, my wife and I both favored the Greek olive oil. The Picual was very earthy and I was extremely surprised at the differences in taste between the three olive oils.

We began with the three crostini starter.
The first was a prosciutto with ricotta, olives, chopped walnuts and topped with a fig. Burrata with a cherry-sized heirloom tomato and pesto was the second one we selected. Of course, I selected the octopus with hummus which was dusted with paprika. All three crostinis were tasty, but I was surprised at how well the octopus paired with the hummus.

A number of dishes were calling my name and I ended up selecting Paella del Mar.

This was served in a small cast iron skillet and the shellfish was beautifully layered on top of the bubbling saffron rice. The jumbo scallops were pan seared and moist and tender on the inside.

My wife’s lamb chops arrived in dramatic fashion. The plate had a domed cover and after the server removed it, a dense cloud of smoke escaped. After the smoke cleared, the rosemary lamb chops appeared.
My wife raved about the quality and smoky taste of the lamp chops.

Their cocktail selection was extensive. I thoroughly enjoyed the “First Light”. It was made with pineapple infused rum, fresh grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur.
The marriage of fruit flavors made this an ideal drink for the warm day we experienced.
The Cucumber Cosmo was made with organic cucumber vodka, St. Germain, cucumber purée and fresh lime juice.
While my wife isn’t that fond of cucumbers served alone, she did enjoy the freshness and the taste of this drink. In addition to their craft cocktails, they have an impressive wine list focusing on Italy, France and Spain. Diners not wishing to order a bottle can enjoy up to 30 different wines by the glass. IMG_1528
 A dark chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream was enjoyed for our dessert. It was sooo thick, rich and delicious.

Fig and Olive 
8490 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100
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